Red Wings trade Brendan Smith to Rangers for pair of draft picks

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NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Minnesota Wild
Feb 12, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith (2) during a game between the Minnesota Wild and Detroit Red Wings at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild defeated the Red Wings 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Defenseman Brendan Smith‘s time with the Detroit Red Wings has come to an end. The Red Wings have traded Smith to the New York Rangers in exchange for a second-round draft pick in 2018 and a third-round draft pick in 2017.

Smith was drafted 27th overall in the first round of the 2007 NHL Draft. In 33 games this season, Smith has scored twice and has five points with a -1 plus/minus rating.

The former Wisconsin Badger Smith has 15 goals and 52 assists in nearly 300 career games with the Red Wings. He will give the Rangers help on the defensive end with his strong skating.

The trade of Smith is the second deal made by the Red Wings in the last five days. They dealt former winger Tomas Jurco to the Blackhawks in exchange for a 2017 third-round pick this past Friday.